Ready for another story? Cool, today we ramble about The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey, the unofficial first book in the Elemental Masters Series. This book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and works pretty well. As always SPOILERS AHEAD!
Salamanders to keep his vast house in order. The only other human Jason has contact with is the lazy and devious Paul DuMond who is supposed to be acting as Jason's apprentice, but is to lazy to apply himself to the discipline needed to truly become a Master. After much back and forth Rose and Jason find each others company to be mutually pleasing, adding much to their nightly reading sessions. Rose quickly discovers the world of Magyk and after a bit of mulling it over decides to accept it. A mishap brings rose to Jason's rooms where she discovers his state, and surprises him by handling it with more composure then expected. Rose also discovers her own Magyk, the element of Air and command of the Sylphs which compliments Jason's own Magyk. Meanwhile DuMond has been in cahoots with Jason's rival, the Fire Master Simon Beltaire. Simon wants nothing more then to destroy Jason, and by promising DuMond an easier (and more destructive) way to become a Master, enlists his help. To this end DuMond goes to try and kidnap Rose to use in one of his nasty spells. Rose is rescued when Jason comes to her aid in full beast mode and rips DuMonds throat out. This is the first time Rose has seen him act in such a pure beast like manner and is very disturbed. Recognizing this, Jason sends her to the city on a holiday that had already been planned to give her some space. Rose is approached by Simon to try and enlist her to his side, but to no avail. As Rose contemplates her future with Jason, a great earthquake happens and Rose does what she can to help. Simon again approaches her and tries to force her to go with him when Jason again appears. Using the combination of Jason's Fire and Rose's Air they finally defeat the evil Fire Master. They head back to Jason's manor and decide to marry, even if they never find a cure for Jason't half wold state. Everybody good lives mostly happily ever after and we get to move on to the next book.
What is your favorite retelling? What Element would you control? How much do I love bookish heroines?